5 Ways to Save Money at the Vet

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Pets are part of the family, and we all want them to have the best healthcare available. But vet bills can add up quickly, and it’s easy to get caught off guard with a larger-than-expected balance. Fortunately, there are some ways you can keep the vet bills manageable and still get excellent care for your best friend.

1. Practice Basic Safety at Home

Whether you’re considering bringing a new pup into your home or you’ve had an energetic dog for years, there are a few common safety precautions to take in order to keep them healthy and out of harm's way. Dogs are prone to chewing or eating things that can land them in front of a vet, so be sure to pet-proof both inside (wires, curtain cords, small items such as socks and children’s toys, medications) and outside (toxic plants including daffodils, household and automotive chemicals such as antifreeze).

2. Maintain Good Dental Hygiene

Bad breath can be a sign of a number of health issues, from gum disease to problems in other parts of the body. Poor dental hygiene can also cause your dog discomfort, so regular brushing with special toothpaste is usually a good first step.  You might also want to read up on dog dental care or consult a vet during a check-up.

3. Feed a Healthy Diet

 Just like junk food isn’t good for humans, low-quality pet food can have similarly disastrous effects. Vets and pet experts say a higher-quality diet, however, can have a range of health benefits, from better breath to decreased joint pain in older animals. Advocates of raw dog food swear a more natural diet leads to better skin, fur, teeth and behavior, and fewer digestive and joint problems.

4. Schedule Regular Checkups 

It may seem counterintuitive, but just like preventative health care for humans, taking your dog for a regular check-up can make a big difference. For instance, making sure your dog has all the necessary vaccines and parasite treatments will help keep it happy and healthy, and decrease the likelihood that you have to return to the vet for more expensive (and possibly unpleasant) treatment later on.

5. Consider Pet Insurance

Pet insurance policies can be affordable, and helpful at any licensed vet in the country.  Having an active policy may be able to help reimburse you for covered and approved expenses, in turn helping you save on vet bills.2

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions. 

2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.